Ken recently represented Grove at AIGA Portland’s SHIFT: A Green Salon event. Ten presenters from various industries spoke about their ideas on sustainable design. The title of our presentation was “A journey in sustainable product and packaging design”.
Here is the transcript:
Ken Tomita: Hello. My name is Ken Tomita. I’m a furniture designer, and I’ve been doing this for about 5 years. Recently I started a new company called Grove with my business partner Joe Mansfield, but I’d like to talk about the new product.
First of all, how many of you have iPhones? Could you do a favor for me and take them out of your pockets and show them to me? If you look around my business partner and I noticed that there’s a void of natural materials. They’re often made of silicone, rubber, plastic, etc. So we saw that niche as an opportunity to make a new company specializing in sustainable electronic cases.